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Crowd-friendly dishes 
steal the show 
at summer potlucks

FamilyFood Crowd-friendly dishes 
steal the show 
at summer potlucks rom picnic shelters to grand pavilions, humble backyards to opulent estates, many families use the long, lazy days of summer as the perfect excuse to congregate. For some it’s a formal family reunion, planned months in advance and stretched out over days of activities. For others […]

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North Carolina Symphony Offers Classical New Year’s With a Twist

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 1, 2011 CONTACT: Jeannie Mellinger, 919.789.5484, jmellinger@ncsymphony.org North Carolina Symphony Offers Classical New Year’s With a Twist “New Year’s in Vienna,” plus a little Broadway, Dec. 31 RALEIGH, N.C.—The North Carolina Symphony continues an annual tradition this Dec. 31 with a year-ending concert spectacle to usher in the New Year with […]

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Perfect Pour

You’ll eat, you’ll drink and you’ll, no doubt, be merry throughout the holiday season, but what will you drink? And what will you give to your friends who like to drink? Fortunately, North Carolina boasts some of the nation’s most popular wines, so you won’t even have to look outside the Tarheel State to find […]

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Music … to the Window

Blind musician’s talent emerges onto the nightlife scene By Kelly Twedell Out on the town on quite a pleasant spring evening in Fayetteville, 11-year-old Michael Macias was in his element as he wowed the dinner crowd at Morgan’s Chophouse. Comfortably swaying back and forth to the musical energy flowing from his fingers onto the keyboard, […]

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TURKISH DELIGHT

If you go into Turkish Cuisine on Yadkin Road expecting to find hookah pipes filled with aromatic tobacco and waiters serving exotic Mediterranean dishes while wearing Fustanellas, the traditional kilt-like garb of the Balkans, you might be disappointed. But if you’re easily satisified with a down-home atmosphere in a place where the food is good […]

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Bright Lights, Big City | By Kelly Twedell

Peeking out from underneath Grady Bowman’s sleeve are the initials “LGM” tattooed onto his wrist. It’s a fitting tribute. The initials are in honor of Grady’s godfather, Leonard Grady McLeod, who urged him into theater and passed away in 2000. They are also emblematic of the native son who hasn’t forgotten the local art community […]

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Wolf’s Pack Them In – Lift A Stein to This Authentic German Restaurant | By Jason Brady

Chef Armin Wolf keeps his wife clear of the kitchen.  It’s not that she isn’t a good cook – she’s a great one, actually – but he jokes that if he didn’t, the two of just might be running a Polish restaurant rather than the German one they own and operate on Hope Mills Road.   […]

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Barnstorming – This Fayetteville Favorite is and Institution | By Frances Hasty

Despite its status as one of Fayetteville’s oldest restaurants still in existence, The Barn is something of a well-kept secret.  “It’s the hidden restaurant in town, especially for newcomers,” said owner Bernard Bryant. “Despite advertising, people can’t imagine that a nice restaurant could be located so near a topless bar. It’s a stigma that we […]

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A Heart For Art

Becky Lee is not a night person. Early on most evenings, after a full day of drawing and conducting art classes, she puts on her pajamas and relaxes in one of the two overstuffed chairs in the den with her husband, Tom, sitting nearby. Her cats, Hobbes and Smudge, usually are curled up beside her. […]

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Avant Gourmet | By Kelly Twedell and Rebekah Sanderlin

Tim and Gwen Holtsclaw didn’t mean to become restaurant owners. They only meant to  buy and resell some equipment from a restaurant that was going out of business. They  made a low-ball bid on the equipment and the sellers called their bluff.  “I knew nothing about restaurants,” Gwen Holtsclaw said. “I’d never served anyone food […]

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The Art of Love | By Nathan Walls

Describing someone’s home as a museum is usually a bad thing because it means that their place is cold and untouchable. Not so at  the residence of Dave and Gail Gilbert. Their house on Towbridge Road in Fayetteville may be something of a museum, but it is anything but cold. Throughout the house are pictures […]

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Rise & Shine | By Melissa Goslin Collins

At some point, the most important meal of the day became one eaten behind steering wheels and office desks, all in Styrofoam and plastic wrapping. But the breakfast bluebloods are loyal, a tribe that relishes the feel of heavy coffee mugs in cupped palms, eggs served with a side of conversation and the feeling of […]

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Artistic Journey | By Kelly twedell

Angelina Woehr sees life as an adventure, an ever-changing process to which we must all adapt. It’s a major theme in her art and in her life. The Virginia native now resides in Fayetteville, where she is trying to make a name for herself in our local art scene. She describes her style as abstract, […]

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World Class Art | By Michael Jaenicke

RALEIGH — In the North Carolina Museum of Art’s new West Wing, natural resources augment the masterpieces. The use of light and air create an ambiance that rivals even more renowned museums. What NCMA has on its contemporaries is that it enhances the art so well that, even when the museum is crowded, visitors can […]

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Spice of Life | By Bhairavi Bhatt

Indian food in Fayetteville used to be limited to a tent at the annual International Folk Festival. That was it. During the rest of the year curry and tandoori cravings had to be satisfied in home kitchens or during trips to other cities. Despite a large and thriving Indian community here and plenty of residents […]

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Merging Business With Pleasure | By Margaret Fisher

It’s always a challenge for emerging artists to find places to show their work. They hope to get their art displayed where it can be seen by lots of people so that someone will decide to buy a piece to take home.  Local artist A.J. Rodgers recently found a high profile way to show his […]

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Home Grown Goodness | By Kelly Twedell

Even city slickers can have eggs from the farm, grass-fed beef free of hormones, fresh milk and locally-grown organic fruits and veggies. One Lillington couple has launched a farm cooperative to provide just that. Deliveries cover a swath of southeastern North Carolina from as far south as Hope Mills to Wake Forest and Durham. Joe […]

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Served with Gusto | By Diane Silcox-Jarrett

That delicious aroma as you enter Elizabeth’s Pizza, a blend of fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic and onion rolled into one, with a hint of fresh-baked pizza dough, lets both your nose and taste buds know they are in for a treat.  For more than 20 years, a close-knit Italian family has been serving up some […]

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Picture Perfect | By Mike Ryan

On a bookshelf in George Rose’s home studio sits a framed photograph of his father. The two men had gone on fishing trips together for years but never thought to bring a camera. Rose finally did snap a few frames on what wound up being their last trip. The same picture hangs on the wall […]

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How Novella | By Sara VanderClute

She’s not a nurse, nor does she play one on TV.  And at first glance, the semi-sultry author’s photo on the dust jacket and suggestive title might lead one to think of those popular bodice-ripper romance novels that elevate the heart rate of so many a reader. But no, Amy Glenn Vega is the author […]

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